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What Is the Age of Consent for Sex in Wisconsin?

The age of consent refers to the minimum age when a person can legally consenting to sexual intercourse. In Wisconsin, the age of consent for sexual intercourse is 18 years old. At this age, a person can legally consent to sex with any adult, regardless of the age difference between them.

No Exception for Minors

Unlike the majority of states, Wisconsin has a single age of consent. This means that a minor under the age of consent cannot consent to sexual intercourse with a person who is not a minor but is close to the same age.

For example, if a 17-year-old minor and an 18-year-old engages in intercourse, the older partner is legally committing a crime. Further, it is irrelevant even if there is only a 1 day age difference between them, or if the next day, their conduct would be perfectly legal.

Punishment for Violating Age of Consent Laws

Wisconsin Courts punish violators severely. In the most extreme cases (i.e. sex with a person under 13), violators can be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.

Consulting an attorney

If you may have committed statutory rape by engaging in sex with a minor, then you should contact a criminal lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer can help you determine whether there is a legal basis against you. If so, the lawyer can help defend you or reduce your sentence.

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Last Modified: 11-09-2016 10:33 AM PST

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